Similar to our weaning program, the Fussy Feeders therapy program operates either from The Memorial Hospital, at the child’s home (local families) or rented accommodation in Adelaide (interstate families). It is an intensive, holistic approach to mealtime behaviours, expectations, family dynamics and factors which are impacting on a child’s ability to progress with their feeding. The therapists involved in the intensives are highly skilled at analysing, interpreting and understanding how a child responds to food and mealtimes, how the family respond to these behaviours and how this all impacts on the family dynamic. Through our intensive program these challenges are addressed with the family, without the everyday pressures of school, appointments, work and all other factors which make mealtimes more challenging. Part of this program involves consolidation of learnt skills within the home environment with support from the Lively Eaters therapists (for local families).
The therapy team for our Fussy Feeders program includes Paediatrician, Dietitian, Speech Pathologists, Occupational Therapists and our Parent/Child therapist.
Children must attend for an initial assessment (either via Skype or in clinic) before consideration into this program will be made. Typically children whose feeding skills have ‘plateaued’ or for whom there are many influential environmental factors, benefit greatly from this intensive and much supported approach.
The program runs for 5 or 6 nights and a parent/carer must stay for the duration. We encourage both parents to participate and encourage the participation of siblings for realistic mealtime management. Ongoing support and therapy following the intensive occurs as per our Follow Up program (either in clinic or via Skype/phone)
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